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Marie Marley
Marie Marley is the author of Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy. This book tells the powerful 30-year love story of a young American woman and a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and scholar, interspersed with advice and inspiration for Alzheimer’s caregivers everywhere.

In addition to being a compelling love story, this award-winning memoir shows how one woman solved several specific problems that typically arise when caring for a person with dementia.

Alzheimer’s caregivers who have read the book say it helped them very much. Former caregivers say they wish they’d read it when they were caregivers.

Come Back Early Today will make you laugh; it will make you cry. If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s it will give you inspiration and advice. But mostly it will give you hope and it will help you see that there can be happiness – even joy – amid the darkness of dementia.

The book was a finalist in the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Literary Awards, Eric Hoffer First Horizon Awards, Readers Choice competition, Editors and Writers International Awards, and Indie Excellence Awards. The Foreword was written by Gregg Warshaw, MD, Past President of the American Geriatrics Society. Go to to sign up for Marie's Newsletter and read the first two chapters for free.

Marie’s website contains a wealth of information for Alzheimer’s caregivers. She can be reached at

Entries by Marie Marley

Why I Love Being Bipolar

(8) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 9:45 AM

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was in my mid-30s. Bipolar disorder doesn't run in my family -- it gallops! Numerous relatives have it as did several others who have passed away.

I have seen this disorder torture many of these people and, in some cases, destroy their...

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Compose Yourself!

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 6:08 AM

Author's Note: Nearly every week I publish an article here about Alzheimer's. And they're all deadly serious. A co-worker once asked me if I ever laugh. And another one asked me if I ever write something just for fun. So I wrote the following in response to those questions. I...

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7 Tips for Downsizing Without the Heartache

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 7:20 AM

It isn't uncommon for people to want to downsize to a smaller home either when they retire or just before retirement. Let's look at reasons they do that, some of the heartaches that can be associated with it and 7 tips for avoiding that heartache.

Why People Typically Downsize: The...

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Despite Alzheimer's, He Praised His Loved One to the Very End

(5) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 11:10 AM

We often read about people with Alzheimer's who are incredibly difficult to get along with. I'd like to balance that out by providing some examples of my Romanian life partner, Ed, who started off that way but later became one of the sweetest, most loving, adorable people you'd ever want...

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People Living With Alzheimer's Can Still Enjoy Life

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 8:03 AM

Many people regard Alzheimer's as a cruel and devastating disease that destroys its 'victims.' One that robs them of their very humanity. Caregivers may fall into a period of deep depression and despondence when the diagnosis is made. Anticipatory grief also may develop. One realizes that life as it had...

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Denial May Deprive Alzheimer's Caregivers of Joy

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 4:59 AM

Alexandru was a close relative of Ed - my beloved Romanian soulmate of 30 years. Alexandru was visiting Ed from out of town. One evening they had a long talk about a wide range of topics - most of which concerned Alexandru's professional issues. The next day Ed had no...

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Simple Pleasures Can Bring Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 7:08 AM

Sometimes it takes so little to bring joy to a person with Alzheimer's. The following story is a case in point.

One day I arrived at the Alois Alzheimer Center to visit Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate. As soon as I got out of the car, I realized I'd...

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A Great Resource for Caregivers: The Alzheimer's Reading Room

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 4:35 AM

If you have a loved one with dementia, my first suggestion would be to find the very best doctors possible. My second piece of advice would be to go to the Alzheimer's Reading Room. It's a free blog that focuses on Alzheimer's disease and the art of Alzheimer's caregiving. Its...

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Who Suffers More -- People With Alzheimer's or Their Loved Ones?

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 9:14 AM

People with Alzheimer's disease can become upset and agitated about things that happen to them. And when you, as the caregiver, witness your loved one's anguish, you may become distressed, too -- sometimes more so than your loved one.

There is a way, however, to help reduce your stress...

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Embracing Grief When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 9:04 AM

"There is no greater sorrow than to remember happiness in a time of misery." -Dante

One day when I was visiting Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner of 30 years, in the memory care facility where he lived, they were having a festive sing-along. I sat down beside him...

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When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's -- Realization vs. Acceptance

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:10 AM

When a loved one has Alzheimer's it's critically important to overcome denial and realize that they have it. And it's even more important to accept the diagnosis and all it means. These are to two entirely different things. It's one thing to finally realize someone close to you has Alzheimer's....

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Making Final Arrangements for a Terminally-Ill Loved One

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 4:35 AM

No one wants to make final arrangements for a terminally -ill family member. It's painful to think about any loved one's eventual passing, but it's important to make the arrangements sooner rather than later. Why? Because once you have taken care of all the plans, you can just relax and...

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Nursing Home Placement Can Be the Most Loving Choice for a Person With Alzheimer's

(9) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Sarah Jones, an 85-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who lived in Columbus, Ohio, was unable to care for herself. She could no longer prepare meals, she couldn't run the vacuum cleaner, and she didn't understand what money was, let alone manage her finances. What's worse, she was incontinent and couldn't bathe...

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What if It's Alzheimer's?

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 11:08 AM

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. When a loved one is showing signs of the disease family members often hesitate to take the person to a doctor, fearing that the diagnosis will in fact turn out to be...

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Alzheimer's and Making Peace With God

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Note: This article, written by Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, will appear in the upcoming book, Finding Joy in Alzheimer's: New Hope for Caregivers, by Marie Marley, PhD, and Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN.

Those who have a loved one with Alzheimer's may ask themselves, "If there...

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How I Dealt With My Contentious Loved One With Alzheimer's

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 3:56 AM

People with Alzheimer's disease sometimes have personality changes that can be quite negative. Formerly sweet loved ones can become argumentative and verbally, emotionally or even physically abusive.

Things had gotten so bad I wanted to end my relationship with Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 25 years. He had become...

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The Rewards of Visiting People With Alzheimer's

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:05 AM

I arrived for my first half day of volunteering to visit three ladies with Alzheimer's at Brookdale Senior Living's Clare Bridge memory care facility near my home in Overland Park, Kansas. Carolyn, my first lady to see, was sitting in the lobby with three other residents. I went up to...

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A Puppy's Magical Visit to a Memory Care Facility

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 5:32 AM

I've always heard that pets can reach people with Alzheimer's on a level we cannot. But I was not at all prepared for the profound reaction my little puppy was going to bring about during a recent visit to Ruth, an inveterate dog lover.

When I arrived to visit...

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Confessions of a Worn-Out Caregiver

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 9:20 AM

As Leeza Gibbons wrote in her book, Take Your Oxygen First, "If you're caring for someone with Alzheimer's and you've never lost your temper with the person - just wait. You will." To that I add: If you don't, then either you're a saint or you're incredibly out...

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When Forgetting Is a Blessing

(5) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 11:30 AM

People with Alzheimer's disease can become upset and agitated about things that happen to them. And when you, as the caregiver, witness your loved one's anguish, you may become distressed, too -- sometimes more so than your loved one.

There is a way, however, to help reduce your stress...

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